"She starts where Emmanuelle left off."

by Tuna

Comparisons to Emmanuelle were inevitable since Vanessa is an erotic adventure set in Hong Kong, featuring a young woman living in a tropical location, and having sexual adventures involving bamboo chairs. To be sure, this is the same genre as Emmanuelle, albeit with better production values, but the similarity ends there.

Vanessa (Olivia Pascal in her first screen role) has been living in a European convent since the death of her parents, but is notified that her last remaining relative, an uncle, has died and left her a fortune to manage. Imagine the surprise for this sweet, shy innocent when she discovers that she now owns dozens of brothels in Hong Kong. She owns a plantation as well, that is managed by the illegitimate son of her uncle, who is contesting the will. She is staying with a family that includes the hedonist Eva Garden and her precocious daughter Uschi Zech, who becomes fast friends with Vanessa. The dramatic conflicts involve the fate of her inheritance and her maidenhead.

It was originally to be shot in Thailand, and had no script -- merely a cast, crew and a treatment. Director Hubert Frank was hired for his rumored ability to improvise, and that skill was put to the test here. They arrived in Thailand, only to be told by the producer that he had just had some difficulties filming there, and they were headed for Hong Kong. Once in Hong Kong, they were told it would be impossible to find filming locations there, but by then everyone was sick of travel, so Hong Kong it was.

The result? Well, I defy you to find a 5 minute segment without full frontal female nudity. In addition to a great deal of nudity and simulated sex, the film includes some torture, bondage, and black magic, and is also a decent travelogue of Hong Kong. And the DVD transfer is outstanding. Top-drawer exploitation cinema.


Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


Top of the line specialty material.


  • Eva Garden, Uschi Zech, Olivia Pascal, and several unknowns show everything.


No major reviews online.






4.8 IMDB summary (of 10)


Severin again has done a top-notch job locating a complete version of a lost classic, restoring it to a condition probably better than it looked in the theaters, and issuing it in a widescreen anamorphic transfer with some special features

* Interviews with Director Hubert Frank and Director of Photography Franz X. Lederle

* On-Set Home Movies

* Theatrical Trailer

RLDVDs (link below) is priced about 25% (some seven dollars) below

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